Gearburn

Transform an iPad into a MacBook Air with ‘Brydge’

According to rumours, the MacBook Air will phase in as the MacBook Pro is effectively killed off. There’s no better time then for an iPad which morphs into a MacBook Air, care of this dazzlingly innovative Kickstarter.com project named "The Brydge". The description on Kickstarter.com sounds promising. Read more on Gearburn.com

Online media

Linked Content Coalition — The answer to online copyright law woes?

Copyright SOPA/PIPA/CISPA/ACTA. Intellectual property (IP) and copyright laws are hot right now, but none of the proposed laws are sticking. Why? What should be exercises in altruism usually provoke incendiary public outcry as these laws either threaten the fundamental tenets of the internet that made it what it is today, or reveal underlying motivations rooted in greed. Legacy IP and copyright laws awkwardly extrapolate to the Information Age. The power has shifted. No longer do traditional media companies have the final ...

Startup news

Ad Dynamo goes on a Brazilian adventure

brazil There are a good few people who think that the next big thing in tech could come from Latin America. It makes sense that foreign companies would want to invest there too. The latest to do so is Ad Dynamo, an online and mobile advertising marketplace with a global presence. The company today officially announced its entry into the Brazilian market, with CEO Sean Riley saying the country represents "an enormous growth market in both online and mobile advertising". Ad ...

News

Premium WordPress theme developer WooThemes hacked

WooThemes is a bona fide South African startup success story. The premium WordPress theme developer was already raking in over US$2 million in sales in 2010. The latest news from WooThemes is less rosy. Adriaan “Adii” Pienaar, WooThemes co-founder released a statement today, confirming that WooThemes were the target of a recent “very malicious & severe hack, which has been the reason for WooThemes.com being offline for this time.” Pienaar notes that despite possible data loss related to recent user accounts, ...

News, Video

‘Lessons worth sharing’: TED’s super cool educational videos

ted ed website Have you ever sat in a classroom and listened to a fantastic lesson that piqued your curiosity, and wished you could share the experience with other students that may not be as lucky as you? Or, conversely, have you sat in a really boring class and thought that physics would be a lot more interesting if your teacher was that guy from Mythbusters? TED may have found the answer. The global non-profit organisation recently took another step into the world of ...

News, YouTube

Brandcast: Google’s bid to help brands target YouTube audiences

YouTube Brandcast YouTube has stealthy launched Brandcast, a new site that gives brands insight on the best ways to reach their audience through the video sharing platform. The launch comes on the heels of Google's announcement of an ad sponsorship model for brands which will help them target their audience through specific packages. These packages will relate to original content shared on YouTube. Google seems to be working hard to make it easier for brands to find the right fit for them on ...

General Tech

Women in tech: Leading the geek world one stiletto at a time

Women in tech It seems no matter how much society evolves, women are always left just that little bit behind. No, this is not an article about gender equality -- this is a tech site for crying out loud. As Google's Marissa Mayer recently wrote about IBM CEO Virginia Rometty for her inclusion in TIME magazine's 100 most influential people of 2012, "women in the workplace and women in technology will be key drivers of global competitiveness and innovation in the future." Interestingly, ...

Mobile

Are smartphones encouraging self-diagnosis?

I'm going to start this post with a little disclaimer to save my own ass: if you're ill, go see a doctor. Of course, sometimes we all have little aches and pains that we don't want to bother our hard-working GPs with, and the temptation to get on the net and start Googling the answer is just too great. In fact, even when I do plan to a see a doctor, I don't think I've ever not Googled first -- just to ...

Apple, Google, Microsoft

Digital wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft [Infographic]

Digital Wars I've been listening to Charles Arthur every Tuesday on the Guardian pod-cast, Tech weekly, for the past year. Arthur would mention his upcoming book whenever the tech giants of Apple, Google or Microsoft were pitched against each other in the news. Hearing Arthur in my car once a week makes me feel like I know the dude, so when he announced that his book had just been published I downloaded a copy for Kindle. The book got me thinking in ...

Gearburn

App of the Week – Drafts

A while back, I wrote a piece on one of my favorite and most frequently used apps, Phraseology, developed by the guys over at Agile Tortoise. This week I take a look at its latest creation, the aptly titled quick launch note taking and text prepping app, Drafts. So as I am not (yet) a full-time writer, I can unfortunately not spend as much time on my craft as I would like to. This means that I can only devote small ...

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